Emails are used for multiple purposes these days. Not only used as a medium to communicate or share your ideas anymore, but emails have also now turned into your digital identity. Almost every login platform needs your email address to identify you. Many people keep multiple emails for different identities as well. And if you run some business, you also need various email addresses for inquiries, support, and many more.
Managing all these different emails for individuals or small organizations can be difficult. That is where Cloudflare Email Routing comes into play.
Cloudflare Email Routing eases the burden of handling multiple email addresses at once. If you want to know what email routing is, how it works and how you can sign up for beta access, this article is for you.
What is Cloudflare Email Routing?
In simple words, Cloudflare Email Routing eases the process of creating and managing multiple email addresses without making efforts to check on all of them individually. It redirects all the emails from various accounts to one single address. You can also choose multiple recipients you want the emails to be redirected to and manage them from there.
Not just that, but email routing also assists you in filtering all the spam emails allowing only the important ones to pass to the mail server. It lets you customize the rules based on the sender, recipient, IP address of sending mail server, day of the week or month, or specified date and time.
Email Routing can help individuals or small organizations with less human resources improve their efficiency, eventually leading to better performance. Cloudflare services are reliable and can be trusted to be used as a platform to create email routings for you. Read further to understand the working process and how easy it is to work with Cloudflare.
How does it work?
Cloudflare Email Routing is easy to use, but it has a complex process involved behind the scenes. Users are supposed to go through some simple steps to use email routing.
- Enter a custom email address to create on your domain.
- Enter the email address where Cloudflare will redirect all the emails for you.
But the process involved is not that simple. The emails we use daily have three main parts.
The first part of an email, the envelope, consists of the SMTP(Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). This protocol lets the server know about the sender and receiver of an email.
The second part consists of the header. The header has all the necessary details about the traveled path of the email, sender, and receiver’s email address. This section also contains hidden technical metadata like SPF Pass Result, DKIM Signatures, and Anti-spam Scores. Whenever we send emails, they pass through a server that can add new headers or reform the previous ones until they reach their final recipients.
The third part is the body of the email. It contains the content of the email, including text, links, media, file attachments, and many more that can be signed or encrypted.
Here is a working structure of the SMTP Protocol with the three sections of the email we explained earlier.
Cloudflare Email Routing has an intelligent way of dealing with all the emails sent through the routing services. Their servers transport, handle and modify the SMTP envelope. It also helps the sender keep the original headers of the email and the content it carries unscathed until it reaches its final recipient. In the process, Cloudflare makes sure that metadata like SPF, DKIM, and other security or anti-spam protocols are followed, ensuring the privacy of the email.
How to sign up for Beta access?
If you don’t have a domain, you can buy a new one through Cloudflare’s registrar.
After filling up the form, you need to follow a few more steps to set forwarding to your email.
- Click on the email option at Cloudflare Dashboard.
- Click on the Create Address option under Custom Addresses.
- Enter a custom and a forwarding email address and save it.
- Then, click on Add Records Automatically to configure your email routing.
After filling up the details and adding your email DNS records, email routing will be ready to use. That’s all you need to do to signup for beta access on Cloudflare.
This article contains all the necessary information you need to know about Cloudflare Email Routing services. We discussed email routing, how it works, and how you can sign-up for beta access to use Cloudflare services in the best way possible. We talked about the structure of an email and how Cloudflare manages it to ensure the sender and recipient’s privacy. We also explained how you sign for the beta access and enable email routing for yourself in just a few easy steps.
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